Rhetoric is the use of words to change the world.
--Michael Drout, A Way with Words, The Art of Rhetoric.
We are today a wired nation, eager and accustomed to instant information where visions of both success and setback in all areas of American life are available immediately online.
--Patricia Grace Smith, Rockets Are Dangerous, Aware of the Hazards, Associate Administrator, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration.
I'm trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across—not to just depict life—or criticize it—but to actually make it alive.
To determine whether or not you have the ingredients to be charismatic, answer the following questions: What are your real feelings about who you are? What do you believe in? Do you have goals or a mission in life? Do you project optimism? Do others turn to you for leadership? Noncharismatic people spend their lives auditioning for others and hoping they'll be accepted. Charismatic people don't doubt their ability to add value to a situation, so they move forward with their mission.
--Roger Ailes, You Are the Message.
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know until he takes up a pen to write.
--William Makepeace Thackeray
When you find a deal is when you're looking for one.
--Dave Ramsey, The Dave Ramsey Show, July 17, 2007.
After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.
True hope is based on the energy of character. A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope, because it knows the mutability of human affairs, and how slight a circumstance may change the whole course of events.
Unfortunately, people's memories are very uneven. We tend to remember our triumphs and forget our failures.
--Jack Brennan, Straight Talk on Investing.
Nothing really succeeds which is not based on reality; sham, in a large sense, is never successful. In the life of the individual, as in the more comprehensive life of the State, pretension is nothing and power is everything.
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